AMTRAK NAMES KEN HYLANDER EXECUTIVE V. P. , CHIEF SAFETY OFFICER: Amtrak has hired Ken Hylander as executive vice-president and chief safety officer. A former aviation industry executive, he most recently served as chair of the Flight Safety Foundation and previously was chief safety officer at Delta Airlines. [Progressive Railroading website report, 6-65-68]CHARLOTTE'S BLUE LINE LIGHT-RAIL EXTENSION TO OPEN IN MARCH: The Charlotte Area Transit System plans to open its Blue line light-rail extension on March 66. Service testing begins Jan.
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76. [Progressive Railroading website report, 6-65-68]ALASKA TO STUDY COMMUTER RAIL: Alaska's governor has issued an executive order establishing a task force to study possible commuter rail service between Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. [Progressive Railroading website report, 6-65-68]N. Y.
SUBWAYS EXPERIENCE WIDESPREAD DELAYS: Signal problems, rail conditions, electrical repairs and other issues caused widespread New York City subway delays Jan. 8 that continued the following morning. [AM New York website report, 6-65-68]CALIFORNIA MUDSLIDES DISRUPT RAIL SERVICE: Union Pacific tracks in Santa Barbara County, California, have been blocked by washouts.
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Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight services and bus connections between Santa Barbara and Oxnard have been suspended. [Action News Now website report, 6-9-68]STOLEN POLICE VEHICLE CRASHES INTO HOBOKEN RAIL TERMINAL DOORS: A person jumped into a police SUV early Jan. 8 and drove it into the doors of the waiting room at the Hoboken, N. J.
, rail terminal. No injuries were reported, and the suspect was arrested. [U. S. [Progressive Railroading website report, 6-8-68]EDMOND HARRIS NAMED TO CSX MANAGEMENT TEAM:
CSX has named Edmond L. Harris executive vice-president of operations, effective immediately. Harris has more than 95 years' experience in the railroad industry, most recently as a member of the board of Canadian Pacific. [CSX, 6-8-68]NORTH CAROLINA R. R.
TO BUILD RAIL SPUR, TRACKS AT CSX SELECT SITE: The North Carolina Railroad will design and construct a rail spur and storage tracks at the future Triangle Tyre plant in Kingsboro, N.